Rosie Cooper MP

Working hard for the people of West Lancashire

09/11/10 MP Rosie calls for residents to speak up and let's act

Rosie Cooper MP is calling on West Lancashire residents to speak up and speak out when it comes to the flooding of their homes following the second West Lancashire flooding forum meeting.
 
On Friday 5th November, MP Rosie held the second West Lancashire Flooding Forum at the The Forum at Ormskirk School.  Residents from across West Lancashire were invited to raise their concerns at the meeting with representatives from United Utilities, Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council.
 
Flooding in Skelmersdale was high on the agenda after the town was flooded in July this year.  The floods were so serious that people’s homes were severely damaged, estates became submerged and the town’s main roads were closed covered in 3 feet of water.
 
The scale of the flooding problem has raised questions about whether the sewer and drainage system in the town is sufficient to deal with this level of rainfall.  July’s event also highlighted how the failure of Lancashire County Council and West Lancashire Borough Council to regularly clear the blocked grids on the roads, in the estates, and in the squares by people’s homes made the situation worse.
 
Rosie was contacted by many West Lancashire residents who feel they have been left to deal with these problems on their own without sufficient support from the local agencies.  She is determined that local residents will not be let down on this scale again.
 
As part of the campaign to secure a long term solution to the flooding problems in Skelmersdale, Rosie will be seeking an investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman into the individual cases with a view to legal action where the public agencies have failed in their duties.
 
MP Rosie said:
“I am calling on all local residents to speak up and speak out about how flooding is damaging their home, their estate, and their area.  I want to hear from any resident that has had their home flooded, or knows of blocked grids and drains that cause flooding.  Residents can get in touch with me by calling my constituency office on 01695 570094 or by sending an email to rosie@rosiecooper.net with all the details of the problems.
 
“We need to get the basics right, like regularly cleaning the grids and gullies, making sure they are clear of leaves, debris and blockages.  There needs to be a review of the sewer and drainage infrastructure because the increasing regularity of people’s homes being flooded suggests this is not all an act of god.”
 
“Enough is enough, flooding is having an increasingly devastating effect on so many families and estates in Skelmersdale.  Quite simply, we cannot allow this situation to continue unresolved. Families face the threat of not being able to get insurance after their homes being repeatedly flooded and no one seems to do anything about it.  There is a duty on all the agencies to work together to find a solution.  I will continue to fight and campaign for action to tackle the flooding problems.  If it takes the Local Government Ombudsman and legal action to get the right result then this is what will happen.”

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